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December 19, 2012

‘Fifty Shades Freed’ Amazon’s best-selling book in 2012, see top 10 list

50+shades+freedThe third Fifty Shades novel and its trilogy boxed set took two of Amazon.com’s top three places among books first published in 2012, with Gillian Flynn’s dark and complex thriller Gone Girl wedged in second place.

E.L. James wasn’t the only writer to profit from 2012’s erotic fiction fad, with Sylvia Day also prominent on Amazon’s list; Jennifer Probst’s The Marriage Bargain also made the most of a rich, eligible bachelor as its romantic lead.

That’s not to say established mainstream writers were cast by the wayside: three lawyers-turned-authors in John Grisham, David Baldacci and William Landay also featured in the combined Kindle and print top ten, as did a controversial insider account of the raid on Bin Laden’s compound.

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December 13, 2012

At Random House, Employees Will Enjoy 5,000 Shades of Green

50By LESLIE KAUFMAN

Random House had its corporate Christmas party on Wednesday night in New York, and word is that Santa likes bondage. A lot.

Markus Dohle, the chief executive of Random House, promised employees — from top editors to warehouse workers — a $5,000 bonus to celebrate a profitable year. The cheering went on for minutes, according to people in attendance.

Call it 5,000 shades of green.

This year, Random House had the good fortune to publish E. L. James’s “Fifty Shades of Grey,” about an inexperienced college student who falls in love with an older man with a taste for trying her up and whipping her, among other delights. The book has topped the New York Times paperback best-seller list for 37 weeks and counting. The sequels “Fifty Shades Darker” and “Fifty Shades Freed” have been in the top five for a similar amount of time.

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December 2, 2012

Hollywood’s 25 Most Powerful Authors

Power_Authors_Reese_Witherspoon_Flynn_a_h_300“I don’t expect anything to be like ‘Twilight’ again,” says Stephenie Meyer, who joins J.K Rowling, E.L. James and Suzanne Collins on the list of writers who have the industry hanging on their every word.

When THR contacted James Patterson about being on its inaugural list of the 25 most powerful authors in Hollywood, he scoffed. “Power list? More like powerless list”

But while conventional wisdom puts writers far down the totem pole, the truth is that from The Hunger Games to the upcoming The Hobbit, books remain the most durable source of content for films and TV.

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December 1, 2012

Review : Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

Filed under: Reviews — Tags: , , , , — Bookblurb @ 5:17 pm

ShadesBy Katrina Passick Lumsden

What in the hell just happened? Did I really read that? Oh, my god, I did. I did read that.

Meet Anastasia Steele:

Ana is just a giant mess of a human being. She’s insecure to the point of it being laughable, ‘klutzy’ (even though she only trips twice in the entire book), and a complete ditz. She’s a virgin (of course) who’s never taken any sexual interest in anyone before. Right. I’m fairly certain there hasn’t been a woman this naive since ’round about 1954. At one point, she thinks putting her hair in pigtails will keep her safe from Christian’s lusty advances.

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November 14, 2012

50 Shades of Divorce: Wife ‘inspired’ by erotic book says husband failed to meet her expectations

Filed under: Books — Tags: , , , , — Bookblurb @ 8:02 am

  • Wife claims husband’s attitude is evidence of ‘unreasonable behaviour’
  • Husband did not respond when she bought some sexy underwear and blamed her behaviour on ‘that bloody book’
  • Husband admits ‘unreasonable behaviour’ so divorce can be granted quickly
  • Solicitor claims case is evidence of social change where women are more adventurous in the bedroom

By Keith Gladdis

It’s had a major impact on the publishing world – and in quite a few bedrooms.

But now Fifty Shades Of Grey is at the centre of an unusual court case.

A man is being divorced by his wife after he refused to spice up their love life by reliving scenes from the erotic bestseller.

The wife, a 41-year-old banker earning more than £400,000 a year, claims her husband’s ‘boring  attitude’ to sex is evidence of ‘unreasonable behaviour’.

In her grounds for divorce, filed at the High Court, she refers to the novel, which tells of the sadomasochistic affair between billionaire Christian Grey and naive student Anastasia Steele. The woman in the court case bought the raunchy book almost as soon as it was published last year and hoped it would encourage her husband to be more adventurous in bed.

She bought some sexy underwear but her husband failed to respond to her advances and he even blamed her behaviour on ‘that bloody book’.

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November 12, 2012

Who Wrote the Fifty Shades of Chicken Cookbook?

By Anna Roth

There’s a new novelty cookbook hitting the shelves next week (Nov. 13), just in time for white elephant party season. Fifty Shades of Chicken is a clever parody of the scandalous triology written under the pseudonym F.L. Fowler. The book tells the story of a meek chicken (“Ms. Hen”) and a sexy chef (“Mr. Blades”) as they undergo a series of kitchen BDSM plays deftly woven into the recipe headnotes. But as much as the writer tries to imitate 50 Shades of Grey author E.L. James’s clunky prose, his or her copy is crisp and shows a clear knowledge of the food world. Now the question is: Who is F.L. Fowler?

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September 25, 2012

Handicapping the Nobel Prize in Lit: Philip Roth vs. E.L. James?

By Greg Zimmerman

Let it not be said that the folks at Ladbrokes don’t have a sense of humor. There, at the end of their annual list of  Nobel Prize in Literature odds, sits E.L. James at 500/1. For you non-degenerate gamblers, 500/1 means if you bet $1, and E.L. James wins, you win $500. But you’d have to collect your winnings whilst dodging swarms of locusts, waves of fire and other signs of the apocalypse. So that would suck.

And but, we’re only a few weeks out from the announcement of the 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature (it’ll be announced some time the week of Oct. 8), or as I like to call it, “Countdown to Philip Roth Getting Hosed Again.” This year, Mr. Roth stands at a fairly respectable 16/1 shot. Last year, Roth was a 25/1 shot, so he’s improving.

If you don’t know much about the Nobel Prize in Literature, here’s the one line you can use at your next cocktail party, “I strongly believe the Nobel committee judges American writers unfairly due to American imperialism in the Bush years.” And then stand back and watch people try to decide if you’re being sarcastic or not. It’s good times.

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August 14, 2012

Women On The Rise Among The World’s Top-Earning Authors

Janet Evanovich

By Jeff Bercovici

Watch your back, James Patterson. Sleep with one eye open, Stephen King.

Men still top the list of the world’s highest-earning authors, but this year it’s the women on the list who’ve been making the boldest moves, led by a trio of genre phenoms: Suzanne Collins, E.L. James and J.K. Rowling.

With $20 million in earnings, almost all of it from sales of her “Hunger Games” books, Collins didn’t quite make the most recent edition of the FORBES Celebrity 100. But that was only because she had yet to see her full portion of the proceeds from the first “Hunger Games” film.

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July 13, 2012

Man Assaults Girlfriend With Steak Sauce for Refusing to Quit Reading ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

By Kimberly Nordyke

Fifty Shades of Grey is apparently a hard book to put down, at least for one British woman.

U.K.-based Emma McCormick’s boyfriend of about five years, Raymond Hodgson, 31, reportedly demanded that she stop reading author E.L. James’ hit erotic novel, which has been dubbed “mommy porn.”

After she refused, Hodgson went to her home and squirted her with a bottle of steak sauce, according to the U.K. paper Carlisle News & Star.

He later told police that he found the book “distasteful” and “pornographic.”

Apparently, the two began arguing June 25, after McCormick read excerpts of the book to him. They were still arguing the following day and exchanging text messages about it.

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June 26, 2012

Erotica: better reads than Fifty Shades of Grey

Filed under: Lists — Tags: , , , , — Bookblurb @ 5:14 pm

Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James.

E L James’s novel has got fans’ knickers in a twist – but it’s not as though it’s the first racy read.

By Lucy Mangan

The success of E L James’ Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy – an erotic tale of two lovers that originated online as Twilight-based fan fiction before being repurposed as a series of full-length books first on e-readers and now, after a seven-figure deal with mainstream publisher Arrow, as actual paper-and-ink tomes – continues to build. Doubtless panting with excitement, it has thrust, thrust and thrust itself again into the bestseller lists (in the US, it has knocked The Hunger Games off its 16-week-long perch on USA Today) and has – yes, yes, yes! – sold more than 3m copies in various formats.

It is thought that its e-beginnings, which allowed people to read without fear of discovery or embarrassment (Kindles have no covers), has vitally contributed to its success. How the internet has spoiled today’s stimulation seekers. A click of a button and off you go, clicking your own button on the way.

You would think, from all the furore – the book has been dubbed “mommy porn” because of its popularity among older women, and been banned from libraries in Georgia and Wisconsin (Florida has just lifted its ban) – that this was the first time we had ever got our hot little hands on a mucky book, in whatever format. This is nonsense, of course. Remember these?

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